President Trump will hold a high-dollar dinner at a private residence in Hillsboro Beach, Fla. this coming week to raise money for his campaign and the Republican National Committee, all according to an invitation sent to top GOP donors, his first in-person fundraiser since mid-June.
The invitation does not name the owner of the home hosting the $580,600-per-couple event. Campaign manager Brad Parscale, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and other senior RNC fundraisers are listed as hosts of the event.
The fundraiser will add millions of dollars when his Democratic rival Joe Biden high-dollar fundraising is catching up. It will however bring Trump a negative image as the fundraiser is being held in a now-declared Covid-19 hotspot as the country is reeling from a second wave, sources from The Washington Post.
Positive cases topping more than 5,000 per day for about a week. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, a close ally of Trump, has repeatedly declined to impose a shutdown in response to the spreading infection.
As far as Biden comes in, the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee reported that they raised $141 million in June, for a total cash haul of $282.1 million for the quarter.
Trump and the RNC however reported $131 million in June and $266 million during the second fundraising quarter of the year. The Trump campaign also did report it still has plenty sitting in the bank, with $295 million cash on hand, according to Politico.
Trump’s campaign lauded its ability to continually raise money from small dollar donors, including a record $14 million on a single day on Trump’s birthday.
Biden is however leading in the national poll by 12 points. Latest data from Monmouth University indicates Biden at 53 percent compared to Trump at 41 percent. Biden’s lead has grown steadily over the past few months, from 3 points in March, to 4 points in April, to 9 points in May and 12 points presently.
Fifty percent of all voters say they’re certain they will not vote for Trump, compared to 39 percent who said they’re certain they will not vote for Biden. Forty percent of Biden’s supporters say they’re certain they’ll vote for him, compared to 34 percent of Trump’s supporters.
Sixty-two percent of white voters with a college degree have ruled out voting for Trump and 61 percent of racial minorities have done the same. Fifty-six percent of white voters without a college degree say it is extremely unlikely they will support Biden.
“Half of all registered voters have ruled out backing Trump,” said Monmouth pollster Patrick Murray. “Trump showed in 2016 that he can thread the needle, but these results suggest the president has even less room for error in 2020. He must convert some of those unlikely supporters if he is to win a second term.” according to The Hill.
“Four years ago, Clinton was the insider candidate who approximated an incumbent in many voters’ minds. There is no mistaking who wears that mantle this year,” Murray said. “Trump’s problem is that voters who aren’t enamored with either candidate tend to go for change.”
Seventy-two percent of Republicans said they are very confident about Trump’s mental and physical acuity, while only 47 percent of Democrats said they are very confident about Biden’s mental and physical acuity.
“Biden hasn’t developed the kind of adulation among his base that Trump can count on from his supporters,” said Murray. “This seems to be a fairly common trend in the campaign so far and is at least partly due to the Democrat being out of the public eye during the pandemic.”
The Monmouth University of 867 U.S. adults was conducted between June 26 and June 30 and has a 3.6 percentage point margin of error.